The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) has accused the founder of the mining marketplace NiceHash Matjaž Škorjanc of extortion and fraud in the banking sector, Decrypt reports.
In particular, the FBI claimed that Škorjanc had fraudulently received, and then sold the data on the cybercrime forum he had created and Darkode darknet-marketplace.
The site was closed in 2015, when more than 70 people were arrested. Nevertheless, Darkode resumed work a few months ago.
Now, along with three other suspects, Škorjanc is accused of breaking into bank accounts and credit card data in order to steal personal information.
It is alleged that from 2008 to 2013, the total damage from the activities of Darkode amounted to about $ 4.5 million.
Note, this is not the first accusation against Matjaž Škorjanc. In 2013, he was sentenced to four years and ten months in prison for creating malware used for the Mariposa botnet, which infected more than a million computers.
In 2017, the wallets of NiceHash users were hacked and bitcoins worth $ 60 million were stole. In the summer of 2018, returned to their customers about 60% of stolen assets.